These manuscript images have been selected for their general, rather than scholarly, interest. Which is not to say that there is nothing here for the scholar, but simply to point out that the selection was not systematic or pre-planned; rather, images were chosen mainly for their intrinsic visual interest, and for their ability to display some of JCO's work-habits in the early, note-taking stages of her novels.
A "typical" novel in the archive would consist of folders of notes, as well as up to three complete type-written drafts. The images here were almost exclusively taken from the notes.
- All manuscript images are in pdf format. Images may not be reproduced without permission of Joyce Carol Oates.